Definition of decrepit in English:


Syllabification: de·crep·it
Pronunciation: /dəˈkrepət


1(Of a person) elderly and infirm: a decrepit old drunk
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  • My parents are not decrepit old people; they insist on remaining as young as possible, and by doing so, they keep me young too.
  • Shah Jahan would recover from his illness only to spend his last days as an old and decrepit man, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb, in the fort in Agra.
  • The old decrepit man watched as they harassed the beautiful young lady who was trying to enjoy her lunch in peace.
feeble, infirm, weak, weakly, frail;
disabled, incapacitated, crippled, doddering, tottering;
old, elderly, aged, ancient, senile
informal past it, over the hill, no spring chicken
1.1Worn out or ruined because of age or neglect: centuries-old buildings, now decrepit and black with soot
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  • According to council reports, two thirds of the houses are decrepit with out-of-date heating systems, crumbling walls and dodgy electrics.
  • Schools look more decrepit than houses, government offices, strung along the road, so run down you wonder if anybody ever visits them.
  • Demolition debris surrounds the stately but decrepit house of Sripathi Rao, Nandana's grandfather.
dilapidated, rickety, run-down, tumbledown, beat-up, ramshackle, derelict, ruined, in (a state of) disrepair, gone to rack and ruin;
battered, decayed, crumbling, deteriorating


late Middle English: from Latin decrepitus, from de- 'down' + crepitus, past participle of crepare 'rattle, creak'.

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